Blogger is a free Google publication platform primarily used for creating blogs. Blogs are usually hosted by Google on the blogspot.com subdomain (e.g. www.blog.blogspot.com). However, they can also be hosted on a registered custom domain (such as www.example.com).
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to point a domain to a blogger.
What you’ll need
Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:
- A Blogger account.
- A functional domain.
- Access to a DNS editor (your hosting provider/domain registrar can also be contacted for assistance).
Adding 2 CNAME records
To find the required CNAME records, you will be required to navigate to your blog’s Settings-> Publishing -> +Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog section.
Here you must add the domain name you purchased, and it will provide two CNAME records and 4 A records after you add the domain name, which are required at the next stage.
To add the dominance name you buy, click + Set a 3rd party URL of your blog.
Note: You need to add domain with www as prefix. (See above screenshot for better understanding)
Once you have added the domain name with www, you will see an error saying “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12..” and you will get the CNAME record that you need to configure (See below screenshot)
Now. once you have these CNAME details, it’s time to login to your domain control panel, and make changes.
Now, follow the next step of this guide and your BlogSpot custom domain name setup will be finished in no-time.
Setting up CNAME and A Record for BlogSpot Custom-Domain Name
Login to your domain control panel account dashboard & click on manage domains. You will see a screen like this:
Click on the Advanced DNS tab and find the Host records section, then click on the Add New Record button
Here you will need to create 6 records for your domain:
– A Records for @ pointing to 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
– CNAME for www mapped to ghs.google.com
– CNAME with values provided in the Blogger account
Once all details are inserted, save them using the Save changes green icon.
Now once you have setup CNAME and A record, you need to wait for 5 minutes to 4 hours for this changes to reflect globally. You need to go back to your BlogSpot dashboard, and click on save changes.
Once it’s added, Google will take care of redirection part, and anyone if opens your BlogSpot blog address, he/she will be automatically redirected to your new custom domain name.
This will also work seamlessly for internal pages, and you will not lose any traffic or link-juice.
One last thing:
Also, you need to click on Edit here, and redirect non www version of your domain to www. Simply click on Edit and check the options which says “Redirect xxxx.com to www.xxxx.com”
The entire process can be complex, but it will be easier for you to execute once you are in the dash board and follow all the above steps.
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